Healthy Protein Packed Granola Bars
These Healthy Protein Packed Granola Bars are a delicious homemade alternative to the shop bought energy bars, that more often than not, although high in protein are also very high sugar. These are an ideal snack for slow afternoons and post exercise.
To make your Healthy Protein Packed Granola Bars, you’ll need:
- 40g hazelnuts
- 50g pecans
- 100g unsalted butter (or coconut oil for Vegan option)
- 120g maple syrup
- 80g pitted Medjool dates, finely chopped
- 200g rolled oats
- 25g pumpkin seeds
- 25g sunflower seeds
- 25g golden linseeds
- 25g chia seeds
- 1 tsp sea salt flakes
Pre-heat oven to 180° C/fan 160°C.
- Place hazelnuts and pecans in a blender and roughly chop; alternatively use a hand chopper. Set aside.
- Melt butter and maple syrup in a saucepan and gently cook for 5 mins until it forms a light caramel.
- Add pitted dates, oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, golden linseeds, and reserved nuts, together with salt flakes and mix well with a wooden spoon, ensuring all the ingredients are well combined.
- Spread out onto baking tray and bake for 30–40 minutes, until golden brown. Divide into bars whilst still hot and leave to cool a little in the tin before cutting up and removing to a wire rack, to finish cooling.
Top your healthy protein packed granola bars with a raw chocolate topping once cooked:
- 100g raw cacao butter
- 6 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch sea salt
Chop cocoa butter into smaller pieces
- Gently melt in a saucepan for approx 10 mins
- Add remaining ingredients and mix well
- Pour over your bar mix and spread to give an even coating.
- Return to fridge to set.
- Store in air tight container in fridge. Can be frozen.
If you’re pushed for time in the morning, one of these healthy protein packed granola bars will make a perfect breakfast-on-the-go. By ensuring plenty of protein first thing, you are also helping to reduce cravings later in the day. Take a look at this study which shows that eating a breakfast rich in protein significantly improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking on high-fat or high-sugar foods in the evening.